Camp Korey is named for Korey Rose, a vivacious teen who lost his battle with bone cancer at age eighteen. His father, Tim Rose, founded Camp Korey in 2005 with his family to honor Korey’s memory and create a safe haven for other families dealing with childhood illness and serious medical conditions. Paul Newman’s SeriousFun Camps, which he established in 1988, inspired Tim to extend the privilege of “raising a little hell” to kids in the Northwest. Camp Korey operated as an “on-the-road” program for three years before moving to the City of Carnation in June 2008 and launching into its first two camper sessions just two weeks later. In the summer of 2016 Camp Korey purchased a 200-acre property in Mt. Vernon with plans to expand conditions and numbers served.
In 2012 Camp Korey became an official member of SeriousFun Children’s Network, serving thousands of children and families each year with week long summer camp sessions, year-round Camp to You, family weekends, young adult retreats, and more. Camp Korey, like all SeriousFun Camps, remains 100% free to all campers and families, relying on the generosity of the community for support.
Camp Korey has continued to grow to support more than 30 major medical condition groups and close to 5,000 children and families. In 2009 Camp Korey launched Camp to You, our outreach program bringing the magic of camp to children in a variety of healthcare facilities in Washington and Oregon.